The stock for the drawer rails and runners is 1/2" thick. If a 3/16" chisel was available for the mortise, that would've been nice. A 1/8" mortise would be too small and the 1/4" would leave thin walls. Given the low stress application, 1/4" was chosen.
|Starting the mortise - I'm sitting directly in line with the board|
|Four of the eight mortises|
The back was to be rabbeted all around to inset boards to close it in. This was interesting for two reasons. First, the side pieces could accept a through rabbet so I got to use my new-to-me Record #778 rabbet plane. The rabbets in the 3/4" stock were 1/2" wide and 1/4" deep.
|The #778 made quick work of these rabbets.|
|Top marked for stopped rabbet|
A method was used from Lost Art Press' "The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years" books, chiseling out (bevel down) a triangular cross section close to the layout lines.
|Chiseling at an angle to the lines (ignore the more completed section at right)|
|Chops straight down every 1/8"|
|Chiseling out the waste|
|Chiseling to the width gauge line|
|Chiseling to the depth gauge line|
|Et voila, a stopped rabbet|
|Last bit that needs to be removed|
|After a few chops and clean-up|
|And finally, level with the rest of the rabbet|
The carcase material was fairly cupped - about 1/16" to 1/8" - so a method was needed to clamp out the cup. The cup was on the inside faces - the outside faces were bellied. First a couple of dovetail-shaped clamping cauls were made.
|Clamping caul in place|
|The clamping - when the glue set, the other side was done|
The glue-up was very successful, removing practically all cup. I had been looking forward to this so that the joints could be planed and the dovetails really evaluated.
|Dovetails cleaned up|
Very happy with this. This was probably the best corner. Some others were a little gappy, but not too bad.
Later the drawer dividing rails and runners were glued into place.
|Rails and runners glued in|
|Back view - note the runner shoulder is not touching the back rail|
|Closer view of runner and back rail|
Next it's on to making and fitting drawers - coming soon.